How cloud robotics will generate new value chains and business models – with 5G the enabler

Cloud robotics is set to generate new value chains, technologies, architectures and business models, according to a new paper.

The report, put together by GTI, a body focusing on the TD-LTE (time division long term evolution) ecosystem alongside SoftBank, CloudMinds, China Mobile, Huawei and Skymind, argues the advantages of cloud robots, with the same common network, are threefold; information sharing, offloaded computation, and collaboration.

One of the examples the report looks at – or gives an image of...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Collaboration, Infrastructure.

Why serverless cloud solutions will reduce IT costs

The public cloud computing sector is in a constant state of evolution, as vendors design new IT infrastructure architectures and service providers deploy them in their own unique hyperscale data centre facilities.

According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers.

Severless cloud market development

When analyzing serverless offerings from the...

By David H Deans, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Developers, Hybrid, Research.

Application security in the cloud: Who is responsible?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of cloud infrastructure: improved productivity, cost savings, efficiency, agility and a host of other buzzwords that paint cloud as the be all, end all for IT.

Most organisations today either already run workloads in the cloud or plan to experiment with cloud in the very near future. And it’s up to businesses to decide whether they choose cloud infrastructure provided by public cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, or cloud...

By Duncan Hughes, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

How blockchain technologies are set to transform 10 industries

Exclusive It is still early days for the potential of blockchain technologies to become apparent - yet according to Jeremiah Owyang, founder of industry advisory group Crowd Companies, blockchain is already showing its worth in the legal and supply chain industries.

Owyang, formerly a Forrester analyst and founding partner at Altimeter Group, has for the past four years having founded Crowd Companies been helping organisations navigate the choppy digital waters of the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

American Airlines moves consumer facing apps to the cloud – with IBM’s help

American Airlines is moving critical applications, including its customer-facing mobile app and check-in kiosks, to IBM’s cloud, the latter has announced.

The move builds upon the two companies’ partnership, first announced last year, with the airline also moving workloads and tools such as its Cargo customer website to the IBM cloud.

The two companies have agreed to rewrite applications to IBM’s cloud platform as a service (PaaS), as well as establishing a cloud-native architecture....

By James Bourne, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, Public.

Why automation – driven by cloud technologies – is becoming more critical for organisations

More than half of respondents in a survey carried out by managed cloud provider 2nd Watch say at least half of their deployment pipelines are automated, with 63% saying they can deploy new applications in less than six weeks.

The study, which garnered responses from more than 1,000 participants from US companies with at least 1,000 employees, found that companies embracing cloud automation were able to deploy new applications and workloads faster and more frequently.

Alongside the almost two thirds who said...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Melissa Di Donato, SAP: On intelligent ERP and how AI can change society

When Melissa Di Donato, chief revenue officer at SAP S/4HANA Cloud, was going through the interview process at Walldorf, the company’s home town, she was asked whether she had been there before. Di Donato took the opportunity to reveal the SAP watch she was wearing, issued the better part of two decades ago, which showed she was a certified consultant through her work at PwC.

While the company had never appeared on her CV per se, starting with a dean at business school who suggested getting into...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, ERP, Software.

Cloud native architecture ‘default’ for customer-facing apps by 2020, says Capgemini

Cloud native architectures will become the ‘default’ option for customer-facing applications by 2020, according to a new study from Capgemini.

The research, which surveyed more than 900 senior professionals across 11 countries, found that 15% of new enterprise applications are cloud native today, set to jump to 32% by 2020.

The study also outlined the different stages organisations are currently at in deployments. ‘Leader’ organisations, those which are already committed to...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Infrastructure.

New research explores continued difference between LOB and IT on cloud initiatives

Is it the line of business or IT leading cloud initiatives? According to the latest paper from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), IT directors believe that cloud adoption is driven principally by their IT function as part of a strategic shift, rather than the need for change driven by business decision makers.

The study, which polled 250 IT and business decision makers in large enterprises, found that overall cloud adoption now stands at 88%, with more than two thirds (67%) of users expecting to increase their...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics.

Microservices job postings soar over the past 12 months, argues Rackspace

If you want to get ahead, get tooled up on microservices as vacancies for job roles have gone up by 133% over the last year, according to the latest report from Rackspace.

Microservices, which enable applications to become more agile and prevent servers from being jammed, are becoming increasingly prevalent in a world of data overload. Think of the stat, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put it at BUILD

Five ways configure price quote software is revolutionising selling today

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) continues to be one of the hottest enterprise apps today, fuelled by the relentless need all companies have to increase sales while delivering customised orders profitably and accurately. Here are a few of the many results CPQ strategies are delivering today:

  • Companies relying on CPQ are growing profit margins at a 57% greater rate year-over-year compared to non-adopters.
  • 89% improvement in turning...

By Louis Columbus, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Two in three enterprises at least planning on moving to DevOps, survey finds

A new survey from machine data analytics provider Sumo Logic has found more than two thirds of enterprises either plan to adopt DevOps or are already doing so, while four in five are currently or plan to use at least one public cloud service.

The study, titled ‘The New Normal: Cloud and DevOps Analytics Tools Reign in the Modern App Era’ and put together alongside UBM Technology, found that of the 230 IT operations, app development and information security professionals polled, 67% are utilising...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, DevOps, Enterprise, Public, Research.

Tencent gears up for greater GPU acceleration and AI possibilities with NVIDIA

Tencent’s cloud computing services will be beefed up with GPU accelerators from NVIDIA to ‘help advance artificial intelligence for enterprise customers’, the companies have announced.

The collaboration will include plugging Tencent’s cloud into NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture to connect multiple GPUs, as well as offering services incorporating Tesla P100, P40 and M40 GPU accelerators.

In other words, this means companies on Tencent’s cloud will be able to harness features...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

2017 is the year when IoT gets serious: Here’s what cloud providers need to know

If you attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month you would have heard a lot of buzz about 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) with many vendors like HPE, IBM, VMware and others talking about their role in 5G and IoT.  As iland is a V-Cloud partner, I was particularly interested to hear about the VMware IoT theatre sessions...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Regulation, Security.

Access governance and the cloud: Security and organisational insight are the bottom line

How does access governance apply to the cloud? Well, while the cloud has been established as a standard for many organisations, access and governance to manage such solutions has not yet become a standard solution.

Access governance helps organisations of all sizes in every industry by ensuring that each employee has the correct access to the systems that they need to perform their jobs while keeping the company’s data and network secure. Access governance specifically allows organisational leaders to...

By Dean Wiech, 13 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

How on-demand cloud is contributing to the ransomware problem

“Attention! All your files have been encrypted.” More and more businesses are being greeted with messages such as this one, with ransomware attacks against businesses having increased threefold last year.

Advice for preventing ransomware – which is malicious software that encrypts devices or data until the owner pays a ransom in exchange for access to their data – is...

By Matt Kingswood, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2017

Financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reveals massive growth for the top cloud providers. With 47% and 93% revenue growth for Amazon AWS and Microsoft respectively, one thing is clear – cloud is growing at a breakneck pace.

Enterprises and small businesses will continue to adopt and invest in cloud technology. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index whitepaper shows global cloud IP traffic will almost...

By Alex Bennett, 23 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise.

Eseye on embracing cloud, Amazon Web Services, and the IoT

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“We changed our business model to align with cloud,” explains Nick McNamara, VP sales Europe at connectivity provider Eseye.

The company has doubled down on both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) strategically, as McNamara, speaking at the IoT Tech Expo event last week, explains. “All connectivity providers, whether you’re an MNO, an MVNO, or like us a smart MNO, sell megabytes per month,” he says. “We no longer sell megabytes...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Data Sovereignty, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Building the blockchain of success: How cloud is at the heart of it

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Blockchain is the new buzzword on the block; and while many business leaders, managers, developers and IT departments are Googling it and left scratching their heads, others are wising up to it, are realising how brilliant it is, and are recognising the opportunity it’s going to bring and the potential impact it will have.

If we put aside the tech behind it and focus on what it can do, it’s actually capable of disrupting many industries and bringing new innovations not...

By Pat McCool, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Developers, Infrastructure.

Cloud leaders enjoy greater agility – but it’s easier than you think to get there

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If your business is ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud adoption, then prepare for a hit of good news; organisations which execute a strategic cloud plan are growing revenue 2.3 times faster than their competition and are on average generating a 35% lift year on year in top line revenue.

But for those not quite there, what are the strategies which need to be examined? These and other findings comprised a new study from CloudHealth Technologies which argues cloud-leading...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure.